School Based Mental Health Counselors
Director of School-Based Mental Health ServicesMelissa BradleyMelissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2013 from Argosy University. Melissa has expressed a passion for working with young children since 1998. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.
Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
Mental Health Counselor/Gulf Gate ElementaryDebbie BeachDebbie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Benedictine College in 1991. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 2010, from Regis University with a focus on children and adolescents. Debbie has been working with children for over thirty years. Before moving to Florida from Colorado, she worked as a school therapist, an in-home therapist, and a special needs para-educator. Debbie practices play therapy as much as possible in her free time just as she does with her clients. She finds that by bringing an element of play to all aspects of life is critical to what making life fun and memorable.
Mental Health Counselor/Gulf Gate Elementary
Mental Health Counselor/Tuttle Elementary SchoolJill CollumJill is a graduate of New College of Florida and has master’s degrees from both the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Jill has been working in community-based mental health since 2009 and has been with the Florida Center for Early Childhood since 2012, previously serving as a Healthy Families family support worker and children’s crisis specialist. Jill is very interested and involved in community activism and social justice movements that support the children and families served by the Florida Center.
Mental Health Counselor/Tuttle Elementary School
Mental Health Counselor/Brentwood ElementaryJenna FrougJenna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2018 from Florida State University. As a Florida native, Jenna has always had a passion for school-aged children. Jenna has worked in schools as a tutor and girls’ group therapist. Jenna is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care into the Sarasota County school system. Jenna practices mindfulness and meditation in her spare time and finds that frequent practices help improve her state of mind and overall sense of well-being at home and at work.
Mental Health Counselor/Brentwood Elementary
Mental Health Counselor/Gocio ElementaryJennifer GarafolaJennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and master’s degree in Social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. Jennifer enjoys working with children and their families by empowering them and providing them with emotional support. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and chocolate lab. Her work and personal mantra is “work for a cause, not for applause; live life to express, not to impress; don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Mental Health Counselor/Gocio Elementary
Mental Health Counselor/Glenallen Elementary SchoolJennifer GravesenJennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2014. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for the past 10 years, with a focus on trauma and the child welfare system. She is passionate about trauma-work and has a background in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating mindfulness into sessions. Jennifer incorporates mindfulness into her daily routine with her family. She notes that being mindful of her own feelings has helped her be more present and engaged with her family and at work.
Mental Health Counselor/Glenallen Elementary School
Mental Health Counselor/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolLavonna GregoryLavonna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in human development from Eckerd College in 2005. She went on to achieve a Master's of Arts Degree in counseling from Webster University in 2014, with an emphasis in both areas of licensed mental health counselor and school guidance. Lavonna has been working with children for over 13 years. She has been dedicated to advocating for children and empowering families. Lavonna loves aromatherapy, meditation, and exercising. She believes this helps to increase her inner peace and allows her time to relax, reflect and think positively
Mental Health Counselor/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Mental Health Counselor/Brentwood ElementaryLisiane JimenezLisiane earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from American International College in 1994. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 1998, from Boston College, with a focus on mental health counseling. Lisiane has been working in the field of mental health counseling for over 15 years. During those years she had the privilege of working as an Adjustment Counselor at an elementary school in Massachusetts as well as a home-based therapist. Following her arrival in Florida she worked for the Child Protection Center as a child sexual abuse therapist before joining The Florida Center. Lisiane is passionate about traveling with her two children. She finds that traveling the world allows her to expand her understanding of different cultures which helps her be better at connecting with clients from different cultural backgrounds.
Mental Health Counselor/Brentwood Elementary
Mental Health Counselor/Lamarque Elementary SchoolMonica MehserleMonica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 2015 from USF in Clinical Social Work. Monica is a licensed foster parent with her husband. Monica has been working with youth of all ages in many settings. Prior to The Florida Center, she worked and volunteered in Atlanta and the Sarasota area with youth at her local high school, in a domestic violence shelter, refugee resettlement, teen pregnancy, after-school program, and a summer lunch program.
Mental Health Counselor/Lamarque Elementary School
Mental Health Counselor/Wilkinson Elementary SchoolVictoria MonaghanVictoria earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2017, from USF, with a focus in child welfare. Victoria has four years of experience working with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Victoria has received training in adoption competency and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Victoria practices a holistic approach to wellness in her own life, including healthy eating, exercise, yoga, meditation and frequent trips to the beach.
Mental Health Counselor/Wilkinson Elementary School
Mental Health Counselor/Phillippi Shores and Lakeview elementary schoolsKathleen PowersKathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University. She later continued her education and in 2014 she earned a master's degree in mental health counseling from Webster University. Kathleen currently works with children and their families in a school setting. Prior to working in the schools, Kathleen worked in a private setting with children, adolescents and adults. Kathleen is a voracious reader and lifelong learner. In her spare time, she practices yoga and mindfulness which she finds helps her maintain balance in her life.
Mental Health Counselor/Phillippi Shores and Lakeview elementary schools
Mental Health Counselor/Garden and Toledo Blade elementary schoolsShannon SchafhausenShannon originally earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and a second major in political science from Colorado State University in 2000. Shannon then went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree in community counseling in 2007 from the University of Northern Colorado. She has specialized experience and training in trauma interventions to include EMDR. Shannon has worked in the mental health field in various settings for 12 years. She has worked with children, adults, couples and families during her career in counseling. Shannon enjoys doing yoga and reading in her spare time. This helps with ongoing education and mindfulness practice to keep her doing her best at work.
Mental Health Counselor/Garden and Toledo Blade elementary schools
Mental Health Counselor/Fruitville Elementary SchoolMadison SiegfriedMadison earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2017 and her master's degree in social work in 2018 from the University of South Florida. Madison is pursuing her license to become an LCSW. Before coming to The Florida Center, Madison worked in the school system at Booker High School and Emma E. Booker. Madison also has worked in post-adoptive support in Tampa. Madison has a passion for working with elementary aged children and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
Mental Health Counselor/Fruitville Elementary School
Shandria R. Woodall
Mental Health Counselor/Alta Vista Elementary SchoolShandria R. WoodallShandria earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education at the University of South Florida Campus in 2008. She became an educator for the Manatee County School Board for seven years, teaching grades K-3. While teaching, she went on to earn her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2016. Shandria has over ten years of experience working with children and has worked with both Title I Schools and non-profit organizations during that time. Shandria has a love of art and incorporates art into her daily life as well as in her work with children. She feels that art gives her a positive outlet to express herself and achieve a state of relaxation.
Mental Health Counselor/Alta Vista Elementary School